Districts

Balaka

Balaka

Land Area (km²) / Rank 2,193 km² / 18th out of 28 districts
Population (2018) / Rank 438,379 / 16th out of 28 districts
Population Density / Rank 200 persons/km² / 12th out of 28 districts

Balaka is a market town located on the M8 from Zomba to Lilongwe.

The town’s population is composed of people of multiple ethnicities. However, the Yao and Ngoni people make up the biggest percentage.

The interests are the huge Catholic church at the Balaka Mission on the edge of the town and home to the Luntha Televisions and the Montfort Media, which is a Catholic printing and publishing media house established in the mid-1980s.

Another attraction in Balaka, attached to the mission, is the Chapel of Reconciliation, which was built so that people leaving Malawi’s prisons could go to church without community disapproval, the first step to re-integration, and features murals made at Mua.

There is a wonderful Italian restaurant, ARTHOUSE Cafe in Balaka, which offers pasta, pizzas, Italian coffee, ricotta cakes and more.

  1. The interests are the huge Catholic church at the Balaka Mission and the Chapel of Reconciliation.
  2. It is home to the Luntha Televisions and the Montfort Media.
  3. There is a wonderful Italian restaurant which offers pasta, pizzas, Italian coffee, ricotta cakes and more.

Get there and away

Balaka is situated roughly 120km North of Blantyre and about 210km South-east of Lilongwe. A plenty of buses and minibuses run from Lilongwe to Balaka (3 hours)